In Italy with my boys, 2002
My name is Jan and this is me with my two beautiful sons, Chad and Brandon. Chad died in 2004 when he was 19. Even though life with Chad had always been somewhat of a roller coaster because of his Attention Deficit, with perseverance; we usually chugged our way back to the top. We were at that pinnacle in the spring of 2004 before we took that final plunge that would steal the life of our son; essentially taking mine with him. This is a poem that I wrote today about the roller coaster of life.
I’m riding high;
A kite in a hurricane;
Illusions of safety;
Guarded lies of maybe;
I’m Chasing Life;
As life once chased me.
We came together
A spark of humanity;
Where past and present collide;
A dance of impact;
On a slippery slope;
Just for the thrill of the ride.
Jump on; Jump on the roller coaster of Life;
Take an ice cream along for the ride;
Feel it, really feel it;
Brace yourself, clinging for life;
Or raise that bar and reach for the sky.